Italian submarine fates

Ships hit by Italian submarines


TypeCargo ship
CountryDutch Dutch

Date of attack30 Jun 1942Time0707
2303/29 or 0330-0500 GMT (e)
FateSunk by submarine Morosini (T.V. Francesco D'Alessandro)
Position of attack25° 25'N, 58° 10'W
Complement43 (no casualties, 43 survivors)
Notes At about 0700 hours, the Dutch steamer Tijsa (5327 GRT, built 1938) [aka Tysa] on a trip from Port Said to Baltimore via Capetown, described as 10,000 ton vessel on 325° course (also reported as 315°) was attacked by Morosini. According to her survivors, she was sunk by three torpedo hits and the submarine fired at least 23 100mm rounds. All forty-three of her crew were rescued (one lifeboat with seventeen Dutch and seven British landed at St. Kitts on 9 July).

The time initially given by the survivors was that she had been torpedoed at 1930Z hours on the 29th, but this was later corrected to 0330 hours GMT on the 30th and she sank at 0500 hours GMT on the 30th. Italian Intelligence assumed, at the time, that she was Mosfruit (2,714 GRT) but she was reported to have been sunk by U-458 at 1626 hours on 30th June in 56°10' N, 23°40' W (Grid AL 4224).

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Ships hit by Italian submarines